kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2007 330ML oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. Been saving this for several weeks enjoy for rating #200. Pours a dark brown with a large beige head. Fruity aroma with notes of plums, toffee, molasses. Mmm tastes like is smells. Begins with some vanilla, toffee, molasses, caramel none of which are overly sweet, and finishes with some fruity esters and laid backup alcohol. Easiest drinking/yummiest smoothest 11.3% abv i have ever tasted! With that said, the alcohol presence is strong..as it should be for 11.3%! HArd to finish the bottle though...
TheRoot (38) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled at Volo (Yay Ralph!!) It seemed a litle cold to me so I snuck quick taste and then let it warm up some... It poured a gorgeous warm amber colour with a thick rich tan head. Lovely carbonation bubblihg throughout. Balanced fruity and malty undertones in the scent. The first taste was a little disappointing ut once I let it warm up a little the fruit and malt flavours mingled to tempt my palate. The fresh carbonation tickled my mouth creating a nice contrast between the generally smooth texture of the beer. A lovely mouth feel. Considering it is 11.3% ABV there is remarkably almost no alcohol bight. There is a faint hint but it is dificult to figure out if that is from the alcohol or just a little over stimulation of the taste buds. In my opinion this should be far higher up the top 50 beer list than it is.... I haven’t had any Westy yet but they are going to have to do one hell of a job to one up Rochefort.
Thank God for Monks!
Borup (7135) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a creamt brown head. Fruity and malty aroma and flavour of spice, fruit and alcohol.
unclemattie (4350) - Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
black in color. Very thin white head. Heavy aromas of plum, raisin, and black currant. Rich creamy texture. Very heavy malt and a slight alcohol burn. Honey, herbal, roasted carmelized sugar. lots of dark fruit flavors. BLACK CURRANT! More comes to the surface as the beer reaches room temp. Flavors of a port but much smoother and absolutly perfectly balanced.
Grovlam (4163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2006 Bottled. Color was pitch black. Head was impressive creamy like and long lasting. Very complexity aroma that has felt different every time I try this beer. This one I come back time and time again. Aroma is a long list of things but predominately yeast, dry dark fruit (raisins, fig, date). Notes of coffee and chocolate can also be spotted in there. Roasted caramel and other malt characteristics can also be noted in the tasting impression. Flavor is full sweet with some light bitterness. Finish is long and complex again. Sweet/roasted and fruity. I just don’t understand that this beer is not up amongs the top 5 beers in the world top 50 list. Anyways this is proberly the best beer in the world, if you concider that you are able to get your hands on this beer year around.
emacgee (4305) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 Alrighty, round three. I think I finally "get" this beer now. Pours a nice dark murky brown with ruby highlights. Head is 1-2 fingers thick frothy light tan. The nose is incredible. Nice and sweet, but cloying, candy, very dessertish, dark fruits, caramel covered dark cherries, mild alcohol, nice earthiness, yeast character shows with some warmth. Very complex aroma. The flavor was very layered as well. Sweet caramel, earthy yeast character, raisins, mild spiciness, dark fruits. Warming mouthfeel and finish with a full creamy carbonation. Wonderful brew.
nimbleprop (5567) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a maple brown with a thick and creamy off white head. Smells of fruit, plum and grape mostly. Initial flavor is muddled because of the heavy alcohol. Spicy start, with a malty kick, but fruity finish with plums again. The alcohol is upfront with a smoother finish. Pretty nice.
Svesse (6844) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Colour is dark brown with ruby notes and a firm, frothy, beige head. Huge, complex, herbal nose with chocolate (and mint?), toffee, vanilla, spices, sugar-candy and a distinct honey sweetness. Taste is very complex: herbal with spices, vanilla, mint, dark fruit, fudge, chocolate, mocha, caramel, honey and .. well, there’s loads of stuff here, even a hint of julmust (Swedish Christmas soft drink). Definitely sweet, but very well balanced, medium to full body, slightly wineous. Lasting and warming finish. Alcohol shows itself in the warming finish, but otherwise remarkably well hidden. Amazing balance and absolutely lovely stuff.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours with a brown color, slightly hazy. head is medium not lasting too
long. Complex aromas that encompass malt, nuts and fruit as well. Flavors are dominated by malts, caramel and a noticeable alcohol component espciallly as the beer warmed up a bit. Fairly satisfying beer, with a lively carbonation as bonus
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy caramel with off white head. Aroma is fruit & malt. Flavor is fruit, raisin, malt, and alcohol. I found Rochefort 8 to have more complexity.